Howard Hendricks shares this insight about the value of learning:

When I was a college student - I worked in the college dining hall, and on my way to work at 5:30 every morning I walked past the home of one of my professors. Through a window I could see the light on at his desk, morning after morning.

At night I stayed late at the library to take advantage of evening study hours, and returning home at 10:30 or 11 o'clock I would again see his desk light on. He was always pouring over his books.

One day he invited me home for lunch, and after the meal I said to him, "Would you mind if I asked you a question?"

"Of course not."

"What keeps you studying? You never seem to stop."

His answer, "Son, I would rather have my students drink from a running stream than a stagnant pool."

-Sermons Illustrated May/June 1989